Certain forms of human gene editing to cure genetic diseases or disabilities may be permissible, an advisory group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has determined. "We are not trying to greenlight heritable germline editing. We're trying to find that limited set of circumstances where its use is justified by a compelling need and its application is limited to that compelling need," said Alta Charo, University of Wisconsin Law School bioethicist and panel co-chair.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says he will work to withdraw regulations governing the Waters of the US rule and the Clean Power Plan. With regards to the EPA regulating carbon dioxide, he said, "Part of that process is a very careful review of a fundamental question: Does EPA even possess the tools, under the Clean Air Act, to address this?"
Congressional Republicans will continue using Congressional Review Act resolutions to roll back environmental and energy regulations after returning from recess this coming Monday. The Senate has pending Cabinet confirmations before it can address CRA resolutions, said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the American Chemistry Council have created a plastic-film recycling program in the state. ACC Director of Film Recycling Shari Jackson said the initiative hopes to help double the amount of plastic film being recycled nationally by 2020.
ExxonMobil and SABIC's proposed ethane cracker would not be a threat to nearby communities, argues Gulf Coast Growth Ventures spokesman Russ Roberts. Both companies are members of the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care program, which will ensure accountability, Roberts said.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer uses questionable science and relies too much on hazard determinations when reviewing substances, writes the American Chemistry Council's Nancy Beck. "Without reform, IARC will continue to generate misleading news coverage and misguided public policies that muddle our understanding of the most effective ways to improve public health and mitigate cancer risks," she writes.
A federal rule requiring companies to present evidence at the same time they file confidential business information submissions has had its effective date delayed from March 20 to March 21. The change suggests the Trump administration could revise the rule, writes Inside EPA.
Chemical producers face numerous labeling challenges including the variability of labeling text, branding and logos depending on handling instructions or geography, writes Greg Wimble. Companies have more tools nowadays for integrating such requirements into their supply chain and when merging with or acquiring other companies, he argues.
Formosa Plastics Group plans to spend a combined $14.4 billion on petrochemical plants in Louisiana and production expansions in Texas. The company has sought a permit in Louisiana for a planned ethane cracker, propylene plant and ethylene facility.
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